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Save Access to Public Land – VOTE!

The BLM manages 8.4 million surface acres and the USFS manages 14.3 million acres in Colorado.

As of now, these lands are available for a variety of recreational uses; such as hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and camping; along with other authorized uses such as livestock grazing, timber harvest and mineral development.

The Romney / Ryan ticket intends to sell much of Federal land to private interests.

Everything is a Remix

Everything is a Remix is produced by Kirby Ferguson, a New York-based filmmaker.

Ferguson examines modern attitudes toward intellectual property and how these attitudes rather counterintuitively stifle creativity rather than fostering it.

 

Remixing isn’t new. It has a long history, going back as long as we’ve been making art. Artists have always been collecting material, combining it, and transforming it into something new.

This video, the first in a series of four, appears on Ferguson’s web site in a nice large format. Have a look and consider donating to his Everything is a Remix project.

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Dance Tribe Offers Prayer in Motion

“Dance Tribe Offers Prayer in Motion” an article written by Elizabeth Schwyzer from the Santa Barbara Independent offers a glimpse into the modern rituals of tribal dance.

An experience which participants describe as transformational and ecstatic. Perhaps other communities will feel inspired to make tribal dance a part of their tradition.

 

It’s 11 o’clock on a bright Sunday morning, but the building is dimly lit.

Down the hallway are giant double doors leading to what I’m told is a sacred space. Inside is a shrine, where candlelight flickers over the figures of deities, and nasturtium blossoms float in a bowl of water.

As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I take in the rest of the cavernous room, where flecks of green light smatter the floor like stars.

The warm notes of a Native American flute morph into the hypnotic pulse of electronic trance music.

I am here for Dance Tribe, the weekly gathering that many participants describe as a form of prayer.

 

Continue reading the story at the independent.com news

Urban Aquaponics – The Future of Farming | Kijani Grows

The genius behind Kijani Grows – Eric Maundu is trying to farm in West Oakland, a land covered with freeways, roads, light rail and parking lots.

In an environment where there is not much arable land and the soil is contaminated. So Maundu doesn’t use soil. Instead he’s growing plants using fish and circulating water.

It’s called aquaponics – a gardening system that combines hydroponics (water-based planting) and aquaculture (fish farming). It’s been hailed as the future of farming: it uses less water (up to 90% less than traditional gardening), doesn’t attract soil-based bugs and produces two types of produce (both plants and fish).

Using sensors (to detect water level, pH and temperature), an Arduino micro-controller, relay cards, and social media (Twitter and Facebook), Maundu has programmed his gardens to tweet when there’s a problem (i.e. not enough water) or when there’s news (i.e. an over-abundance of food to share).

Today he runs Kijani Grows (“Kijani” is Swahili for green), a small startup that designs and sells custom aquaponics systems for growing food and attempts to explore new frontiers of computer-controlled gardening.

Aquaponics – the future of farming

Learn more at Kijani Grows

Stephen Fry on American Prisons – Facts

Three “strikes” and you get life in prison.

  • Even for trivial crimes, Leandro Andrade is serving 2 consecutive life sentences for shoplifting 9 video tapes with a value of $153
  • 1% of Americans are in jail (2.3million)
  • No society in history has imprisoned as many people as America
  • 1 in 30 men aged 20 – 34 are in prison
  • 1 in 9 black males are in prison
  • There are more 17 year old black males in prison than in college
  • American prisons produce 93% of domestically used paints, 36% of home appliances, 21% of office furniture, which allows America to compete with factories in Mexico

You get solitary confinement if you refuse to work!

Thus America has successfully reinvented the slave trade.

 

LAND OF THE FREE!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/nicosmind

Justice for Richard O'Dwyer – Protect Internet Freedom

Justice for Richard O’Dwyer

 

“Richard O’Dwyer is a 24-year-old British student at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He is facing extradition to the USA and up to ten years in prison, for creating a website – TVShack.net – which linked (similarly to a search-engine) to places to watch TV and movies online.

O’Dwyer is not a US citizen, he’s lived in the UK all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his users were not from the US. America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.– from DemandProgress


TVShack.net simply linked to content hosted elsewhere on the internet. Nothing illegal was done here. This is the same way I can email anyone else a link to a YouTube video or post a link here on this blog. Such baseless accusations cannot be tolerated! Linking to content is NOT copyright infringement, it is freedom of speech! Stand up to the corporate bullies!

 

Please Sign the Petition at DemandProgress.org

Stay vigilant and protect our civil liberties.

 

Source: https://act.demandprogress.org/act/odwyer/?referring_akid=.194196.pE4I30